Book Title : Mara (Unusuals #1)
Author: Veronica Bane
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Release date: August 3rd 2013
Format: Paperback ;176 pages
Summary: For years, Mara Tucker has used her power of manipulating flames to punish those who have done her wrong. But things are changing in the town of Jericho. Rampant disappearances have forced Mara to seek out others with special powers. In a story that confronts the violence and turmoil of adolescence, Mara and a group of other "unusuals" like her grapple with new alliances and the villains pressing in all around them.
“A tale of teenage rebellion in the tradition of classics ranging from The Outsiders to The Hunger Games, Veronica Bane’s fantasy novella explores the timeless themes of growing up, finding one’s inner strength, and discovering where one belongs. The titular antiheroine and her flawed-but-lovable band of “unusuals” are characters that will resonate with teen audiences and older readers alike.” –Ashley Heaton, Editor
Review: Mara is a novella which revolves around a group of teenagers who seem to have special powers, but focuses more on Mara rather than the entire Group ! At first, we clearly see that Mara has a troubled past, but exactly how? This is what you find out as read the book.The story keeps on giving you these small clues about her past, then leave you starving for the next couple of chapters,making me want to read the book in just one sitting ! I got a hint of what Mara could do simply by observing the beautiful book cover. Where everyone seems to have a shadow due to the flames around them and of course, her Burning hand ! Mara and the * Unusuals* with the help of few #normal friends , discover the secret agenda the Government has on them and decide to take an action. The Novella was a fast yet refreshing read, which although short, yet all characters were well developed and you get to see a different angle of the situation through each character (good or bad), which is an amazing thing since it is less than 200 pages. I think Veronica Bane did a pretty decent job with her debut Novella and literally can't wait for Book 2: Miyuki ( comes out this year :D!) , who is another awesome Unusual ! I Give Mara 5/ 5 stars!